• Cassava is also known as yucca or manioc, a starchy rhizome mostly cultivated in the hot climates of Africa, Asia, and South America.
  • Cassava should never be eaten raw as it contains toxic amounts of cyanogenic glycosides which are reduced to innocuous levels by cooking.
  • Cassava is one of the richest sources of carbohydrates. It is a good source for calcium, phosphorous, manganese, iron, potassium, dietary fiber, and the phytochemical saponin. Cassava is gluten free.
  • Eating foods with a natural fiber like cassava can prevent constipation, maintain healthy digestive tract and lower the risk of colon cancer. Adequate fiber promotes regularity, which is crucial for the daily excretion of toxins through the bile & stool. Dietary fiber may also play a role in regulating the immune system and inflammation. High fiber intakes are associated with lower risks of developing coronary disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and certain gastrointestinal diseases. It has also shown to lower blood pressure & cholesterol levels, improve insulin sensitivity and enhance weight loss of obese individuals.
  • The minerals found in cassava are necessary for proper development, growth, and function of your body tissues. Calcium is necessary for strong bones and teeth. Iron helps in the formation of two proteins – hemoglobin and myoglobin- which carry oxygen to your body tissues. Manganese helps in the formation of bones, connective tissue and sex hormones. Potassium is necessary for synthesis of proteins and helps in the breakdown of carbohydrates.
  • Cassava contains 38 grams of carbohydrates per 100 gram serving, therefore it is a good energy source for individuals who engage in strenuous physical activities.
  • Absence of gluten makes cassava flour a good substitute for rye, oats, barley and wheat.
  • Cassava is a good source of the phytochemical saponins which may help lower unhealthy cholesterol in your bloodstream by preventing bile acids and cholesterol from being absorbed through the small intestines. They may also help protect your cells from damage by free radicals.